NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 01, 1979
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(Studio) President Carter's address to nation tonight with regard to USSR troops in Cuba announced; United States Navy said beginning Caribbean exercise near Cuba.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Carter's orders for Navy to show flag in Caribbean said part of mil. action designed as response to USSR ; Defense Department film shown. Details given of exercise, which include USS Forrestal; Pentagon said prepared to incr. strength at Guantanamo base as well as Puerto Rican base, Roosevelt Roads, smaller bases in Bahamas and Southern Command Hdqtrs. in Panama. Map shown. Carter reported increase surveillance over Cuba and showing new willingness to give aid to countries faced with unrest. Implications of United States actions considered.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan
(DC) Preparations for Carter's speech by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Defense Secretary Harold Brown and joint chiefs of staff head, General David Jones, noted; Tip O'Neill and Edmund Muskie said flying back to Washington, DC on Rosalynn Carter's plane after greeting Pope John Paul II for early briefing on President's speech. Pvt. briefings for Senators Robert Byrd and Howard Baker by Vance noted. [BAKER - comments.] [Senator Frank CHURCH - comments.] Anticipated theme. of Carter's speech considered; Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II mentioned.
REPORTER: John Dancy